So a long time ago I read somewhere that Beech Nut makes the best baby food. I can’t remember where I read it, and I’m not even 100% positive it was Beech Nut, but reasonably sure and the thought stuck in my head. Those of you that know me well are probably surprised I am not making my own baby food because I am a bit crunchy granola, and a bit cheap, and I love to cook and hey- I use cloth diapers for goodness sake so you might not expect me to buy mashed bananas in a jar. Well, in the craziness that is our life right now something has to give and that something is making baby food. I’m sure it’s easy. I know it’s more nutritious. But it’s just one more thing to do and I would rather be playing with Devan than pureeing squash. Until we move, his mashed veggies come from a jar. And yes, I feel guilty about that.
But back to the Beech Nut. I’ve been on a mission to find this stuff because if I can’t give him homemade I want him to have the best. Except that I’m not buying the organic because come on, it’s over a dollar a jar. I’ll start my own farm before I pay a over a dollar for a few ounces of mush. Turns out this Beech Nut stuff is a bit hard to find. After trips to the Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Hen House, and even Wal-Mart yielding nothing but Gerber I hit the internet to find where I could score us some Beech Nut. Well, as it turns out I didn’t have to go far. The local Save-A-Lot down the street is the one grocery store in the entire city to carry this food. In case you are not familiar, Save-A-Lot is easily the scuzziest grocery store in existence. It makes Aldi’s look like Dean and Deluca. And by this point I’m second guessing my memory because perhaps Beech Nut was rated the worst baby food ever. But still, I decided to go ahead and check it out because it is only five minutes away.
So this morning we head out for Save-A-Lot. I will say that every time I have been there I have seen underwear or dirty diapers in the parking lot, and this trip did not disappoint. Dirty undergarmets aside, they did indeed have the baby food and I was happy to find that it is dirt cheap compared to Gerber. And the ingredients were just pure food and water for consistency- no additives or preservatives. Thankfully my memory had served me well. I bought 36 jars and booked it out of there.
And now for you viewing pleasure, the inaugural video post for Just South of Sanity- little Devan getting excited over peas. Just a disclaimer- don’t click play if you have slow internet- it will kill your computer. You will just have to imagine in your mind how darn cute Devan is demanding more pea mush and how dorky his mother sounds in the background.